Camilla Watson photography and its impact in the social production of public space in a neighbourhood (Mouraria) in the inner city of Lisbon
Chapter 7 Camilla Watson photography and its impact in the social production of public
space in a neighbourhood (Mouraria) in the inner city of Lisbon Madalena Corte-Real; Maria João Monteiro Gomes Abstract
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2. Mouraria in a Context of Socio-Spatial Transformation
The area that is being studied is a neighbourhood on a downhill slope with narrow and labyrinthine streets that has about 5,800 inhabitants. The territory received people from rural areas that came to Lisbon to work. They JVU[YPI\[LK [V [OL KL]LSVWTLU[ VM H WHY[PJ\SHY \YIHU WVW\SHY J\S[\YL *VZ[H [OH[ JHU IL PKLU[PÄLK PU [OL inner city neighbourhoods in Lisbon marked by practices like Fado music, the festivities to celebrate the day of the T\UPJPWHSP[` YP]HSY` HTVUN KPɈLYLU[ OPZ[VYPJ ULPNOIV\YOVVKZ [OL YLSPNPV\Z WYVJLZZPVU P[Z UHYYV^ TVYWOVSVNPJHS layout, the traditional trade and the local organizations. These are all elements that nurture a strong connection between the locals.
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Fado, a music genre, developed during the nineteenth century in the popular neighbourhoods of Lisbon, is invariably part of Mouraria and as a central element of local identity, it was considered an important lever in the promotion of the territory.
Mouraria is being used to market the image of a multi-cultural, open and tolerant cosmopolitan city. Several events are being held such as the Festival for Everyone (Festival Todos) initiative - Walk of the Cultures, ^OPJO OHZ [HRLU WSHJL L]LY` `LHY ZPUJL HUK HZ Z[H[LK I` [OL JP[` JV\UJPS HPTZ [V KLÄUL 3PZIVU HZ H JP[` committed to the dialogue between cultures, between religions and between people of diverse backgrounds and generations. According to the municipality it has contributed to the destruction of territorial ghettos associated ^P[O PTTPNYH[PVU VWLUPUN \W [OL JP[` O[[W! MLZ[P]HS[VKVZ JVT PU[YV OVTL Apart from the key actors undertaking socio-cultural interventions like local charities, numerous players were attracted to the territory due to a sudden recognition of its potential. An area that was previously not recommended [V ^HSR [OYV\NO PZ UV^ ILJVTPUN [YLUK` HUK JH\ZPUN H YPWWSL LɈLJ[ PU [OL Z\YYV\UKPUN HYLH ;OLZL UL^JVTLYZ HYL creating new spaces for leisure and consumption attracting new residents and visitors as well as devolving a new sense of security to the territory. There is an increasing presence of guided walks and other tourists that wander around in the area.
3. The Empirical Object - A tribute to the People of Mouraria
Camilla Watson settled in Mouraria by chance in 2007. On her way to São Tomé e Principe the photographer made a stop in Lisbon. She became enchanted with the area where she bought an apartment and has her workplace. She began to establish a relationship with her neighbours who passed by her studio, which is always
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According to the artist the intention of all these works, apart from its aesthetic concern, is the collaboration with the local community. It was a cooperative process in which those involved accepted to be part of it and chose the images that went on the walls. In the case of the Fado project the people in the borough, the families that have
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People are celebrated on the old walls of the neighbourhood that are comprised of successive sediments of centuries of the city of Lisbon, printing onto them an additional memory. The work has a humanizing character in a territory that has been successively forgotten and neglected. It depicts neighbours who seem to have been caught up in their daily lives in ordinary clothes without make-up or staged scenarios. Ordinary people become part of the urban fabric establishing a connection between the photographed and the walls. Interestingly nobody tried to destroy or vandalize the work. Once someone wrote on a picture and then somebody
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Although commissioned for a particular event, Watson considers Tribute to be a hobby and the project as being part of her community. For the photographer this is an ongoing project. The artwork will stay alive so long as people keep requesting new photographs to be displayed. )\[ P[ PZ HSZV HU LWOLTLYHS WYVQLJ[ 0U H JVU[L_[ VM JOHUNL PU ^OPJO THU` [YHUZMVYTH[PVUZ OH]L ILLU VJJ\YYPUN in the area, this could seem like a form of eternalizing the longstanding residents and to preserve the past, but as stated by the photographer the pictures only have a limited durability and then they will fade.
4. Three Main interrelated Concepts
Public art is considered to be art that takes place outside conventional spaces like museums and galleries, put in the physical public domain intended to be accessible to everyone and in this sense it has to consider the YLSH[PVU IL[^LLU [OL HY[PZ[PJ VIQLJ[ HUK [OL W\ISPJ JVU[L_[ 4PSLZ W " -PURLSWLHYS W " 1HU\JO[H :aVZ[HR W 0[ PU]HYPHIS` HɈLJ[Z [OL \YIHU ZWHJL PUKP]PK\HSPaPUN P[ I\PSKPUN H UL^ PKLU[P[` VM WSHJL HUK contributing to the creation of spaces (Sharp, Pollock & Paddison, 2005, p. 1004; Januchta-Szostak, 2010, pp.
81-82). The latter refers to the way that the unique form of artworks makes them stand out from the surroundings. Art provides spatial tags helping with orientation and navigation and also as anchor-points on mental maps of the inhabitants and tourists.
The act of placing art in a certain space tends to give meaning to the object and the space itself. For Remesar (2005, p. 134), there is a clear distinction between spaces for art and public art in place with the latter, in its global
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4.2 The production of Space
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- Spatial practice, meaning the material and social dimension of an activity. Closely associated with the perceived space;
- Representations of space, as the dimension of spatial conception and description, connecting perception and lived space, becoming an organizing factor or framework with impact on spatial practice; - Representational space, concerns the meanings and the relationships established with the lived space. It overlays physical space, making symbolic use of its objects.
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4.3 The Experience
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perception of place (Appleyardd, 1973, p. 109). This condition is dominated by a body-memory and the cognitive
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inferential perception of place. The visitor gazes the public realm with an open and active attitude, watching it and
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5. The Method
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6. Data Analysis
6.1 Camilla’s Work on the Web
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- HTPSSH >H[ZVU»Z WPJ[\YLZ PU WHY[PJ\SHY [OL ^VYR ^P[O [OL LSKLYS` YLZPKLU[Z 0U H -YLUJO HY[PJSL MYVT ¸3PZIVUUL sH IV\NL THPZ V&¹ [OPZ Z[YLL[ HY[ ^HZ JHSSLK \YIHU WVL[Y` O[[W! ^^^ S_MHJ[VY` JVT ÄJOLPYVZ UV[PJPHZ PTWYLUZHF WKMF I K IK WKM An article from 2013 recognizes the duality of Mouraria where “Some of the white walls were peeling while others had fresh paint”. Beyond the interpretation of the pictures, interviews with the photographer were also undertaken where she gives her own understanding of the connection between the elderly and the walls and the wish to
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6.2 The Visitors
People who had recently been in Mouraria, that were living in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, were asked to answer a questionnaire. Many said that although they live in Lisbon, they had never visited the area or only did so when they were very young. We received 22 questionnaires of people that visited Mouraria recently, 14 women and 9 men. The ages were within 50-34 years old. All of them have at least a college degree.
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- The run-down Mouraria YLSH[LK [V KY\N [YHɉJRPUN HUK JVUZ\TW[PVU HZ ^LSS HZ WYVZ[P[\[PVU" VSK HUK WVVY YLZPKLU[Z living in dilapidated buildings as well as dirty and dark streets.
- The authentic Mouraria, the old neighbourhood, the cradle of Fado, with genuine Lisbon residents. A non-touristic area with local shops and small restaurants.
- The multicultural Mouraria,
^P[O P[Z TPNYHU[Z THPUS` MYVT (MYPJH HUK (ZPH SP]PUN PU [OPZ HɈVYKHISL WHY[ VM [OL JP[` When asked about the present characteristics of this neighbourhood, the Mouraria that was described was the
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- The authentic Mouraria, the neighbourhood of the old residents and strong community relations, is now accessible and valued as the main characteristic of the area. The perceived atmosphere of the old traditional neighbourhood, the typical small restaurants (tascas
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- The multicultural Mouraria stands out now as a tolerant ambience and culturally rich with new restaurants and L]LU[Z HZZVJPH[LK [V [OL KPɈLYLU[ JVTT\UP[PLZ
- The run-down Mouraria [OH[ Z[PSS L_PZ[Z HUK PZ HJ[\HSS` YLPU[LYWYL[LK (S[OV\NO WYVISLTZ ^P[O JYPTL HYL Z[PSS PKLU[PÄLK by the local population, it does not seem to have a big impact on the visitors not only because it is probably less visible in the areas where the visitors move, but also because their attitude enhances the positive features. Mouraria, as it is revealed to the outside, is undergoing a process of change: as underlined by the visitors, new people come because it is cheap, there is a new vitality, a new kind of public and tourists, there are more social HUK J\S[\YHS L]LU[Z SPRL KPUULYZ JVUJLY[Z VWLU HPY JPULTH L_OPIP[PVUZ HUK JVTTVKP[PLZ 9LZ[H\YHU[Z HUK JHMLZ
VM H OPNOLY X\HSP[` HUK WYPJL YHUNL HYL UV^ VU VɈLY ;OVZL PU[LY]PL^LK HSZV TLU[PVULK [OL MHJ[ [OH[ UV^ [OLYL ^HZ more diversity and more young people. It became safer both by day and night, which brought more people in from outside. It is becoming a trendy area where people go for leisure. When the visitors were asked what they thought about the photographs, some did not pay much attention, did not notice, or had no opinion, either because they usually go by night or the photos do not represent a reference for them. Most respondents were quite positive and clear about the purpose of this art intervention and three main characteristics were mentioned: ;OL VWPUPVUZ LUOHUJLK [OL ZVJPHS TLHUPUN VM L_OPIP[PUN YLZPKLU[Z ^P[O HU PTWVY[HU[ ZPNUPÄJHUJL MVY YLZPKLU[Z and visitors. According to the statements, this is a form of presenting the neighbourhood from within, honouring the longstanding residents, showing that they matter and making them feel proud of their history and thus preserving as much as possible their authenticity by strengthening and increasing their identity. As underlined by this statement “I Like them because they show us the neighbourhood from within, the people that really live there; HUK P[»Z NVVK MVY [OVZL WLVWSL [V ZLL [OH[ [OL` TH[[LY HUK [OH[ LHJO ULPNOIV\YOVVK PZ THKL VM [OL WLVWSL [OH[ SP]L there, they are the most important thing, whoever they are, age, gender...”. Another testimony says “It is important for residents and for visitors. Actually when we were there some residents proudly showed us the photos. Clearly it is strengthening and increasing their identity.”
2. Respondents frequently mentioned the way the work contributed to the perception of public place, for instance enjoyment (lively, stimulating, and interesting) as well as pleasantness (attractive, beautiful, pleasant, and inviting) were enhanced. Interestingly, it was felt that the work transmits a sense of intimacy and awakens a curiosity to ÄUK TVYL WOV[VNYHWOZ
3. When asked if they felt that this art was an anchor-point for Mouraria, although not everybody agreed, the ones who gave a positive answer made not only a spatial reference but also a temporal one. The photos were seen as a spatial reference in the area, becoming part of the street and of the neighbourhood landscape. An interviewee said that this work represents something which makes Mouraria stand out from other neighbourhoods. For the passer-by it feels like entering a community with familiar faces, which can be reassuring. In view of the temporal dimension it was pointed out that, “they act like a bridge between knew and old, acting as H ^H` VM JVTT\UPJH[PVU IL[^LLU KPɈLYLU[ J\S[\YLZ HUK IL[^LLU KPɈLYLU[ NLULYH[PVUZ ¹ 0[ PZ PU[LYLZ[PUN [OH[ [OL ephemeral character of this work is not perceived or is often forgotten by the observer who refers to this work as a form of suspending a certain time on the walls, “a legacy to be preserved and treasured”, “it crystallizes moments in time that soon will disappear, taking into account the age of the photographed” and that “they will always be a historical and cultural reference”.
6.3 The Residents
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The character of the old quarter, the human relations and the lack of parking areas are aspects that according to these longstanding residents remain. Although there have been some improvements, the lack of
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Practically everything has changed. There was the traditional trade, most of these houses closed. A few years ago it had a lot of life, then it died, everyone was stuck in their homes. Now we have customers who HYL OLYL \U[PS TPKUPNO[ [OL Z[`SLZ HYL KPɈLYLU[ [OHU ILMVYL 0 OVWL [OLYL ^PSS IL UV IHYZ P[ PZ H WP[` PM [OH[ JVTLZ [V [OPZ HYLH ^P[O L]LY`[OPUN P[ IYPUNZ ¶ OLYL [OLYL PZ Z[PSS H SP[[SL IP[ VM ZLJ\YP[` 0 KVU»[ TPUK TVYL trade, more restaurants… When asked about the photographic intervention they all consider to be positive, highlighting its importance for the people visiting the neighbourhood. As time goes by the inhabitants seem to have got used to
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Given that over time the pictures will disappear, this is viewed with pity but accepted as normal. When HZRLK PM P[ ^V\SK IV[OLY OLY PM [OL WOV[VNYHWOZ ^V\SK UV SVUNLY L_PZ[ VUL VM [OL PU[LY]PL^LLZ Z[H[LK PU H WYHNTH[PJ way, that nothing lasts forever. Focusing on the importance to the character of the street, another resident said that it would be a shame to let the photos “die” because they give a certain interest to the streets, something that awakens the attention to the people passing by.
7. Discussion: Does Watson’s Work have an Impact on the Production of Space?
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7.1 The visitor’s Experience
The artistic intervention, by its particular characteristics and by the way it merges with the space, interferes with [OL ]PZP[VY»Z representational dimension of space. For the visitor they gain visibility, by the unusual act of having WPJ[\YLZ L_WVZLK V\[KVVYZ VY I` [OL KPZJSVZ\YL NP]LU [V [OPZ ^VYR >OL[OLY MVY P[Z HY[PZ[PJ VY ZVJPHS PU[LYLZ[ [OPZ photographic work undeniably participates in the new image of the neighbourhood.
The spatial concentration of the intervention within a particular part of Mouraria overlaps with one of the zones with more restaurants and new outlets (art galleries, ceramic shop, vintage shop), regenerated houses and renewed W\ISPJ ZWHJLZ KLÄUPUN H ^LSJVTPUN HUK ZHML WHY[ VM [OL ULPNOIV\YOVVK ;OL PTHNLZ YLSLHZLK I` [OL TLKPH JVTIPULK ^P[O SLPZ\YL L_WLYPLUJLZ VM ZWHJL JVUÄYT [OL X\HY[LY HZ TVYL open, authentic, multicultural and creative. The art participates in the space cohesion, linking the area within the ULPNOIV\YOVVK HUK PU [OL PKLU[PÄJH[PVU VM [OL NLU\PUL I\[ ZLJ\YL ZWHJL
7.2 The Resident’s Experience
The artistic intervention in this study appears to be clearly integrated in a particular setting, which more than hosting this particular art project, is the element of its production. As we were able to capture from the interviewed
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